The 11 Best Websites for Free Clip Art
Finding the right images and clip art for your document can be a tedious and time-consuming task. Scouring Google images yields few high-quality results, and it can be difficult to determine which images are free and legal to use. While purchasing quality clip art is an option, most of us would prefer not to dent our budget just to add visual appeal to our current document or project.
Free clip art exists in abundance, but while some images are both free and high-quality, others are only free because they aren't attractive enough to charge for. In my opinion, there are several criteria that free clip art must meet in order to add value to a document or project. Good clip art should:
- be modern looking.
- be available in color.
- contain 3D objects and people.
- be easily insertable into documents.
To help you cut down on unnecessary cyberspace trudging, I've compiled the following list of free, high-grade clip art and image resources from around the web.
The 11 Best Free Clip Art Sites on the Web
Which resource you'll find most helpful will depend on the nature of your project and the type of the content you are searching for. The strengths of each of these sites are discussed in more detail below.
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Offering a wealth of vector clip art, all of which is royalty-free and available in several file types (SVG, PNG and ODG), Clker is definitely one of the best free clip art sites around.
Apart from a dodgy search tool that sometimes fails to return any results at all, Artvex is actually a very good site.
Harboring tens of thousands of images, Wpclipart is one of the largest directories of free clip art the web has to offer.
Dreamstime's operators collect what they consider the 'best' clip art from around the web to curate their huge collection of quality images.
Despite being somewhat rudimentary-looking, Sweetclipart offers a collection of simple but varied free clip art images. The site's simplicity makes it extremely easy to find an appropriate image for your project.
Phillipmartin's images are particularly stunning in their color and design, making them an excellent choice for children's and teachers' projects alike.
As the name suggests, Mycutegraphics is more than just a clip art site. Backgrounds, animated gifs and coloring pages are all easily accessible with its streamlined search feature.
Although Hasslefreeclipart has an abundance of ads, they aren't too obtrusive and don't affect its usability. The free clip art here is colorful and cheery, making it perfect for creating teaching materials.
While Classroomclipart's ads can get annoying, it does offer a decent selection of cartoon-style clip art.
Although the look of Free-clip-art's site itself is quite bland, the available images here are actually very well-designed.
School-clip-art's offerings are vast and varied, but beware—certain images may be too small to use in larger-scale projects.
I hope you find these resources as helpful as I have. At the very least, this list should save you some Googling headaches as you search for free, high-quality clip art and images to use in your next project.